By J.P. Hajjar ’16
In Brophy’s first game since the McClintock Tournament, the Broncos outlasted Westwood, Thursday, Jan. 9 in a physical game.
A defensive effort led to a much needed win for the Broncos as they defeated Westwood 59-47.
Forward/center Freddie Erlandson ’15 led the team with 11 rebounds and added 10 points in the team’s effort.
Guard Matt Stark ’15 scored 15 points and had five rebounds in the win.
As the game progressed, the play got more and more physical.
Head Coach Mr. Tony Fuller said he thought the team just needed to “concentrate on just playing basketball, not fighting.”
In doing so, Mr. Fuller made the decision to go with a bigger lineup with Michael Kempton ’15 and Erlandson in at the same time.
Kempton finished the night with five points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Mr. Fuller also chose to switch up the defense after the half, which seemed to turn the game around for the Broncos as they built a lead and went into the final quarter up by nine.
The team shot 46 percent from the field, 17 percent from the three-point line, 60 percent from the charity stripe and struggled with turnovers, finishing with 14.
However, they were aggressive on the boards as they pulled down 43 rebounds as a team.
“We came together as a team and talked each other through (the physical play of Westwood),” said Bo Brunkhorst ’16. “We were really supporting each other out there and did not get down on each other.”
The Broncos now have a record of 11-5 and their next game is Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Chaparral.